Traditions

2016.12.17
The annual fabric dyeing festival, “Some no Komichi”
Every February an event known as “Some no Komichi” (染の小道) turns the river and streets of Nakai town in Shinjuku ward into a gallery filled with displa
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2016.12.10
【WINTER】Omisoka and Oshogatsu: The Japanese Year End and New Year’s holidays
Today’s Shogatsu inherits some traditional customs and also adds more modern elements. Let’s see how Japanese people spend their Year End and New Year
2016.11.30
See the parade of Samurai in the town associated with Yoshida Shoin!
Shōin-Jinjamae is a town about a 30-minute train ride from Shibuya. There are about 150 shops that surround the station, and the area mixes old-school
玄関のちまき
2016.10.01
You’ll often see a chimaki at the front door of private houses in Kyoto. This is actually considered an amulet.
because of the bamboo leaves. Chimaki is also an amulet displayed at the entrance of houses and looks like a bundle of straw. I’ll introduce the chima
高速餅つき
2016.09.18
This is the traditional Japanese technique for making rice-cakes!
Nakatanido is a Japanese confectionery shop located at the entrance of the Mochiidono shopping arcade and faces Sanjo street near the Sarusawa Pond in
senbei
2016.09.09
Senbei, a low calorie snack cracker made from rice!
Senbei was introduced to Japan from China during the Asuka period (592-710). At the time, senbei was made by kneading wheat flour with water and roa
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2016.08.17
【SUMMER】Discover Mugicha, a summer drink in Japan
Cold mugicha (barley tea) is a popular summer drink after taking a bath or after exercising. How is it different from green tea and what are its effe
Miso soup
2016.08.09
A quick guide to the Japanese Miso Soup
Miso soup with rice has been loved by the Japanese since ancient times. I will show when the Japanese started eating it, and will also introduce orig
Nukadsuke
2016.08.04
“Tsukemono”, Japanese pickles that complement a bowl of rice.
Tsukemono, or pickles, are vegetables pickled with salt and other condiments. Pickling with salt has been developed over time as a way of preserving
Curtain
2016.07.30
What are these curtains hanging at the entrances of shops in Japan?
“Noren”, or a store curtain, is often hung at the entrances of shops in Japan. Today, I’d like to introduce the role of this curtain and its origin.
Soba
2016.07.20
Umami and Dashi (soup stock) play important roles in Japanese food.
Japanese food was registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural asset in 2013. Japan has its own unique soup stock called “dashi”, which brings out the
Oracles
2016.07.19
Let’s consult an oracle at Temples and Shrines in Japan!
Japanese people get their fortunes by consulting an oracle at temples and shrines. It’s very rare to find temples and shrines without them. Today I’d
2016.07.18
What is Shinto, 'the way of the spirits' ? A short introduction to Japan's oldest religion.
To the rest of the world, Japan is often perceived as Buddhist country. The truth is Buddhism arrived in japan around the 6th Century. Before that, Ja
Copper Rain Gutter
2016.07.16
Japanese architecture makes rain gutters aesthetic!
Rain gutters collect rain from rooftops and transport it to the sewer system. Japanese architecture has become more westernized and rain gutters are m
Mt.Fuji
2016.07.07
The spiritual power of words in the Japanese Language
Japan has a traditional philosophy called kotodama. People in ancient times referred to Japan as “The country where kotodama brings happiness”, and t